Getting to know your prospects: Casey Shane
JUL 05, 2014 11:24a ET
Name: Casey Shane
Position: Right-handed starting pitcher
Current team: Rookie level Arizona Indians
Facts & Info: The Indians selected Shane in the 6th round of the 2013 Draft out of Centennial High School (TX). He was set to attend and play baseball at Texas A&M but signed with the Indians for $150,000.
The Stuff: Shane is a big, strong, durable righty from Texas with a good frame. He is a sinker-slider pitcher that piles up lots of groundballs and has a chance to be a prototypical groundball innings eater middle of the rotation starter in a rotation. He throws a very heavy plus fastball that is 88-93 MPH and has been up to 94 MPH with very good sink to it. He also throws a slurvy slider that has good bite and swing and miss potential and shows a feel for a changeup. All three of his pitches have the potential to be average major league offerings.
The Intangibles: Shane has a good delivery and frame which helps him throw from a good downward plane, and he throws strikes and has the size and strength to haul innings. He shows an advanced feel for pitching with an aggressive demeanor on the mound where he isn't afraid to come after hitters with any of his three pitches - though he relies heavily on his fastball.
The Focus: Probably the biggest concern in the early stages of Shane's pro career is his commitment to conditioning and his work ethic. The focus right now is not necessarily on whether his command is good or he strikes people out, but about learning proper nutrition and the way to treat his body the best he can so that he can pitch every five days. He has a big frame and needs to stay in shape for his stuff and delivery to work well, so he needs better nutrition and strength and conditioning training so that he can better control his delivery.
The Future: Shane has great stuff and a solid delivery and if he really builds that foundation and gets comfortable in a professional environment then a lot of his untapped talent could surface. The sky is the limit for him and he could end up a draft steal if everything works out well.